Do you have a teenager that has difficulty making friends at school? Friendships can be difficult for some teenagers to form and then maybe even more difficult once they leave school. Making friends can sometimes be a hard skill for teens on the autism spectrum. They may have a hard time understanding how to make conversation or how to ask someone questions to get to know them better. It could be hard to find mutual interests. Or they may not even be interested in making friends. It can be hard to learn who is actually a friend and who may be someone taking advantage of you…
They may have difficulty reading body language to understand if someone is interested in what they are saying or not. They may have a hard time understanding how to work together or when playing games how to share. There are a lot of skills that go into making friends and these can be overwhelming and difficult to teach at times.
That is why we wanted to put together some FREE resources and websites for you to check out to see if they may help you and your teen with making friends. Finding meaningful friendships can have a wonderful social impact for all teens throughout their life.
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- Making Friends Website with resources and videos from Launchpad. This is a great resource for older students, especially if they will be leaving school soon.
- 18 Tips about Friendship for Teens with Autism
8 Ways to Help Your Middle-Schooler Connect With Other Kids from Understood.org.
Free Social Skills Lessons for Perspective-Taking from Pathway 2 Success at Teachers Pay Teachers
Free Social Skills Lessons for Conversations from Pathway 2 Success at Teachers Pay Teachers
Friendship Cards Social Skills Prompts from Rachel Lynette at Teachers Pay Teachers
- Social Skills Activities Freebie from Looks Like Language at Teachers Pay Teachers
- No Prep Social Skills- Problems Solving Bundle by Everyday Speech at Teachers Pay Teachers
- Middle School Social Stories Freebie by Literary Lounge at Teachers Pay Teachers
How to Give Compliments: Social Story by Adventures in Speech Pathology at Teachers Pay Teachers
- Working with Others Freebie Sampler from Pathway 2 Success at Teachers Pay Teachers
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We hope you find these free resources helpful on your journey to help your teen with friendships. Let us know in the comments below which freebie is your favorite or if there is anything else you would like to add!